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Iowa's courts include District Courts, the Court of Appeals, and the Iowa Supreme Court. Iowa's 99 counties are divided into 8 districts, each having a District Court that handles the majority of cases, including small claims, juvenile, mental health, violation of city/county ordinance, criminal, probate, domestic relations, and general civil cases. If you appeal a District Court decision in Iowa, it will be reviewed by the Iowa Court of Appeals. The Iowa Supreme Court is the state's highest court and hears appellate court appeals.

If you're seeking information regarding Iowa court records, you can visit www.iowacourtsonline.org, Iowa's online docket record search website. This website provides information including case titles, a list of filings, and child support and fine payments, as well as a copy of the court docket. Additional information, including case schedules, exhibit lists, bonds, and lien indexes is available for an additional $25 monthly charge. Copies of Iowa court documents aren't found on this website. If you're seeking copies of Iowa state court records, you'll need to contact the clerk of court office for the county in which the records are held.
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21, Oct 2014 - Stringer’s love for Iowa knows no bounds
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Pain still grips C. Vivian Stringer’s face when she thinks of her time in Iowa City. The 67-year-old Hall of Fame coach held court at a basement table in a hotel...
21, Oct 2014 - Justices seek clarity on speed camera ordinance
STORM LAKE, Iowa — Sioux City's automated traffic enforcement ordinance earned definitions of "vague" and "confusing" Wednesday night before the Iowa Supreme Court.
21, Oct 2014 - Lee, IA Fayette County man accused of imprisoning five children
WESTGATE, Iowa — Five children have been removed from a Fayette County home after it was discovered they were locked in a room without food for hours at a time. According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to 220 Olive St. in Westgate at 9 a.m. Sept. 19 for a report of a man and woman yelling. Responding deputies heard yelling coming from inside the residence and saw ...
21, Oct 2014 - Conviction overturned in Waterloo nightclub fight
WATERLOO | The Iowa Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of a Waterloo man involved in what prosecutors said was a gang-related bar fight New Year’s Eve.
21, Oct 2014 - Fannie and Freddie Shareholders Strike Back -- Overheard
A Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac shareholder suing the government filed a brief in federal court in Iowa Monday arguing a federal judge in Washington reached the wrong decision when he dismissed a similar case last month. Monday’s filing marks the first time lawyers for plaintiffs in various Fannie and Freddie lawsuits have responded in detail to Judge Royce C. Lamberth’s decision. The Iowa case was ...
21, Oct 2014 - Iowa Supreme Court hears Sioux City traffic camera case
Sioux City's traffic cameras once again made it into an Iowa courtroom. It wasn't just any courtroom. The Iowa Supreme Court hit the road to hear appeals on the Buena Vista University campus, in Storm Lake, Iowa.
21, Oct 2014 - Iowa Supreme Court seeks clarity on Sioux City speed camera ordinance
STORM LAKE, Iowa | Sioux City's automated traffic enforcement ordinance earned definitions of "vague" and "confusing" before the Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday night.
21, Oct 2014 - Iowa man gets 15 years for escaping jail
An Iowa jail inmate who escaped from the facility in August has been sentenced to 15 more years behind bars.
21, Oct 2014 - Cedar Rapids, IA Former Cedar Rapids council member’s comments go on trial this week
CEDAR RAPIDS — Mayor Ron Corbett and members of the City Council are among a long list of people slated to testify this week in what will be a rare event in Iowa: A slander trial against an elected official. Eight Linn County jurors will decide if, as a City Council member in 2011, Don Karr slandered a builder of homes that sit on posts or piers, or if Karr’s comments were part of a robust ...
21, Oct 2014 - Landowner: Utman Levee ruling was ‘a slap on the wrist’
Two Harrison County landowners have filed appeals with the Iowa Supreme Court, arguing rulings against three county officials were too lenient.
21, Oct 2014 - Lee, IA Manchester man accused of drunken knife assault
IOWA CITY — A Manchester man faces up to 40 years in prison for attacking another man with a knife while highly intoxicated. According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, officers responded to the 600 block of Iowa Avenue at 10:13 p.m. Oct. 11 for a report of a man who had been stabbed with a knife. Furthermore, the victim reported his assailant could still be inside the residence ...
21, Oct 2014 - Iowa woman avoids life sentence in toddler's death
ORANGE CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman admitted Thursday to causing the head injuries that killed a 3-year-old girl at her in-home day care, but avoided a life sentence under a plea agreement with prosecutors.
20, Oct 2014 - Appeals court keeps alive Syngenta lawsuit against Bunge North America on GMO corn
DES MOINES, Iowa — A federal appeals court gave agricultural chemical-maker Syngenta Seeds hope Monday that it may be able to proceed with a lawsuit against grain storage and transportation company Bunge North America for refusing to accept one of Syngenta's genetically modified corn varieties.
20, Oct 2014 - Dubuque, IA Wisconsin couple sentenced in Iowa meth case
A Wisconsin couple has been sentenced to five years in prison after Clayton County authorities discovered a methamphetamine manufacturing operation at their Iowa home. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reported 34-year-old Jesse Lutz and 32-year-old Shara Lutz previously faced harsher sentences because their 7-year-old son lived in the home. The couple from Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, took a deal ...
20, Oct 2014 - Dubuque, IA Prairie du Chien couple sentenced in Iowa meth case
A Wisconsin couple has been sentenced to five years in prison after Clayton County authorities discovered a methamphetamine manufacturing operation at their Iowa home.
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